Takeaway: As technology advances, trademark registration certificates are no longer issued in paper form.
Due to increasing customer demand, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has opted to issue trademark registration certificates digitally. The change from paper certificates to digital certificates will be implemented in the upcoming year. Moving forward, trademark owners will still be able to request paper certificates, but this service will require an additional fee.
The USPTO will have the digital registration certificates accessible via the Trademark Status & Document Retrieval system. Emails containing access links will be sent to trademark owners. The benefits of this change will not only allow greater accessibility to trademark certificates but will also reduce the certificate retrieval speed for trademark applicants.